How many times in life do we lose because we played it safe? There have been numerous sports teams who held a strong lead heading into the final quarter of a game only to lose the lead because they changed their game plan. They initially took the lead because of their aggressive "go big or go home" mentality only to lose because at some point they started playing it safe. I am convinced that life wasn't made to play safe.
- Play it safe with your kids and miss out on HUGE life changing conversations.
- Play it safe in your work only to meet status quo.
- Play it safe in your relationships only to miss the excitement and thrill of risk (and the growth that comes through it).
- Play it safe in your recovery only to miss out on the opportunity to help others.
I believe it is time more people stepped out of the comfort zone and chose to go big or go home!
The two main factors that keep us from going big is our tendency to preserve and protect. We attempt to preserve our comfort and protect our liability. For example, preserving my standard of living has easily kept me from reaching for bigger dreams and bigger impact. Protecting my wife from the fear that comes from the unknown and preserving security has kept me from stepping out and up. Preserving the way others view me and protecting my pride has kept me from going big or going home.
In an effort to preserve and protect have you chosen to pass on a God-given dream or ambition?
Today, I have chosen to take responsibility and ownership in the face of preservation and protection. When I focus on preservation and protection I end up feeling powerless and paralyzed but when I focus on responsibility and ownership I end up energized and empowered. Ownership means taking the daily steps necessary the create new realities. Taking responsibly means leading in your life and initiatives.
So what will it be for you today, will you preserve and protect your life or strive after your dreams with responsibility and ownership?
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7